Defending champions Brisbane Heat Women take on a low-on-confidence Hobart Hurricanes Women.
Brisbane Heat Women to win!
|Sydney Thunder Women||3||1||0||0||0||4||2.9|
|Brisbane Heat Women||2||1||0||0||1||3||1.282|
|Sydney Sixers Women||2||1||0||0||0||3||0.794|
|Perth Scorchers Women||3||1||1||0||0||3||0.043|
|Adelaide Strikers Women||3||1||2||0||0||2||-0.479|
|Melbourne Stars Women||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||3||0||1||0||1||2||-1.055|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||2||0||1||0||0||1||-1.871|
Brisbane Heat Women and Hobart Hurricanes Women have had contrasting starts to the Women’s Big Bash League 2020.
Defending champions Brisbane Heat scored a thumping 7-wicket win over Perth Scorchers Women in their first clash while Hobart Hurricanes Women suffered an embarrassing loss by 8 wickets against Adelaide Strikers Women in their first game. Both their next games were washed out and both would be hoping to get a full game when they clash against each other in the Sydney Showground Stadium on October 31.
Brisbane Heat Women, despite some changes to their squad, still looks like a champion side and would be thirsty to make it a hat-trick of title wins. Hobart Hurricanes, meanwhile, are a little short on experience and this could cost them dearly, in the long run, this season.
One of the big changes for Brisbane Heat Women this year has been the retirement of captain Kirby Short. Her experience will be dearly missed by the team and might affect them later on in the season. Furthermore, the loss of Beth Mooney to Perth Scorchers is also a heavy dent to the side.
That being said, Brisbane Heat has enough mettle in their ranks to go all the way again as they showed in the last match. They chased a target of 135 with ease with Grace Harris (53 off 37 balls), Georgia Redmayne (37 off 35 balls), and captain Jess Jonassen (21 off 18 balls), being among the runs. Brisbane also has Maddy Green at the top and Laura Harris as a finisher who could fire in this game.
Their bowling is very good too, with as many as seven options to choose from. Nicola Hancock was impressive in the last match against Perth Scorchers with a spell of 2-25. Grace Harris, Delissa Kimmince, and Amelia Kerr did a fine job and provide great depth to the team’s bowling.
Maddy Green, Georgia Redmayne (wk), Jess Jonassen (c), Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Amelia Kerr, Mikayla Hinkley, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Prestwidge, Courtney Grace Sippel, Nicola Hancock
Hobart Hurricanes Women have had a horrible last three seasons where they haven’t beyond the 8th and 7th positions. Their start to the 2020 season was disastrous as they were bowled out for just 84 against Adelaide Strikers Women after batting first and lost the match by 8 wickets.
Hobart would really need to pull up their socks early this time if they don’t want a repeat of the last few seasons. The team has been dealt a body blow with Tayla Vlaeminck being ruled out of the entire tournament. But they still have some talents in their ranks who could spring a surprise.
Naomi Stalenberg at the top of the order is certainly someone who could make an impact. All-rounder Nicola Carey is an excellent performer who could be a solid presence in the middle-order while also providing some economical overs with the ball.
Captain Corinne Hall has a huge responsibility on her shoulders and would have to ensure that the team doesn’t face a similar collapse like the last game. While Hobart has several bowling options, they lack someone who could be an outright match-winner.
The likes of Belinda Vakarewa, Nicola Carey, Hayley Matthews, and Chloe Tryon are all skillful and would need to perform as a pack to stop the strong Brisbane Heat batting lineup.
Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Priest (wk), Hayley Matthews, Nicola Carey, Chloe Tryon, Corinne Hall (c), Erica Kershaw, Sasha Moloney, Amy Smith, Brooke Hepburn, Belinda Vakarewa
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||22||7.65 mm.||4.48 k/h||From: NW||87%|
|03h||23||0.27 mm.||3.73 k/h||From: SW||23%|
|06h||18||3.49 mm.||3.81 k/h||From: S||42%|
|09h||16||11.43 mm.||4.55 k/h||From: WSW||99%|
|12h||15||0.11 mm.||3.3 k/h||From: NW||96%|
|15h||15||0 mm.||3.14 k/h||From: WNW||42%|
|18h||14||0 mm.||2.94 k/h||From: W||36%|
|21h||16||0.30 mm.||3.74 k/h||From: SW||27%|
The pitch at the Sydney Showground Stadium is expected to be a true surface. Initially, it does help the batters but bowlers generally have a better time here. Slow bowlers, especially, will thrive because of the dampness in the air and the slowness of the pitch towards the middle. Unfortunately, the weather update for the game day isn’t very bright. There is a 90% chance of rain in Sydney this Saturday and the chances of a full game happening are extremely slim.
This will be the first match of the season to be played at the Sydney Showground Stadium. The last completed international game here was in March 2020 between England Women and West Indies Women during the Women’s World T20. It was a low-scoring match where England won by 46 runs after scoring 143-5. A total of around 140-150 in 20 overs by the team batting first in this game could well be a match-winning one.
The team winning the toss will look to bowl first. With rain disrupting so many matches already, it would be better to chase in case the match is shortened.
In the last five matches between Brisbane Heat Women and Hobart Hurricanes Women, Brisbane has won 4 times while losing just once. They will hence have the upper hand by some distance in this game. Moreover, Brisbane, despite the changes in their ranks, has started the season with a solid win and already looks like a dangerous side.
Hobart Hurricanes, meanwhile, put up a horrible show and would be down on confidence. It would require a special all-round effort from them to stop this mighty Brisbane side. Brisbane Heat has enough power to decimate any opposition and for their batting superiority alone, the defending champions start as the favorites for this clash.
Brisbane Heat Women to win!